Student Journalist's Home Study College Tutor goes missing
I have been doing a Higher Diploma College in Journalism for well over a year now; distance learning being the only way I can do such a course whilst having another job. I was doing it with National Home Study College.
As my holiday was cancelled due to the blizzards in the UK, I thought I would get stuck in with my course.
To be honest, I wasn't hugely looking forward to it as I had to write about 2000 words and write dreary stuff about the role of being a journalist, the kind of stuff that you just 'crib from the course work and from a few library books'. But, I had to do it to obtain my Higher Diploma. I needed extra strings to my bow. I had also paid a good deal of money for it.
So today, I had to ring up my tutor 'Philip August' as I needed an extra copy of some my work:This is now it went:
Me on the phone: "Ring Ring".
Tutor (in Pinner): No answer, then a 'robotic voice' says the line is dead
"Odd", I thought.
Then I rang up National Enquiries to check the number. When I was given the new number, I spoke to the man on the line. It turns out that the tutor has 'moved' and the shop is now selling kitchens. He said he had a number of angry students turning up at his shop. He thinks they have moved from another address too.
So where has my tutor gone? And my college?
Other students from the UK have been saying they can't get hold of the college either and they are worried about their coursework and getting refunds.
Some read that it had gone into administration from the National Home Study College's website. They never told the students.
Yet, Companies House confirm that they are still registered under their London address. And insolvency officials say that they have not received any information of their 'liquidation'. They tell me that I have to wait for 14 days for Astra to contact Companies House. Companies House say they ares still awaiting accounts from them.
In the meantime, other students are saying that their 'Diplomas' are fraudulent.
I am now contacting Company Investigations to register my complaint about the company. I may have completely wasted my money and got a dodgy qualification too.
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada